The capital city of New Mexico, Santa Fe is the state's fourth biggest city. It is located in Santa Fe County in the northern central part of the state and stretches out to cover just over 37 square miles of land. Home to around 83,000 people, with over 144,000 in the surrounding Santa Fe metropolitan area, Santa Fe is a diverse and historically fascinating city, having been founded by Spanish colonists back in the early 17th century and retaining that Spanish influence into the modern era. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Attraction Spotlight: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was officially opened to the public in the summer of 1997. It is located in sunny Santa Fe, and the Museum is named after one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O'Keeffe.
The Museum offers insight into O'Keeffe's artistic process and the vast desert landscapes that inspired her. As of 2006, her home and studio, located one hour north of Santa Fe along the Chama River, are also maintained by the Museum. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is known as one of the most artistic places in the United States. This home, where O'Keeffe lived and worked is open to the public and tours can be scheduled by appointment.
O'Keeffe's first home in New Mexico is also preserved by the Museum. It is located at the Ghost Ranch, about 30 minutes outside of Abiquiu, but sadly, it is not currently open to the public.
The Museum also maintains a world-class library, a research center, and a collection of works by artistswho produced work similar to O'Keeffe's style. The research center was opened in July of 2001 and it is dedicated to the study of American Modernism (work from the late 19th century to the present). The center also currently sponsors scholarly research in the following fields:art history, architectural history and design, literature, music, photography, and many more. The library contains unique archives and a vast collection of literature and artwork that can be utilized by researchers, in-house scholars, and even the public (by appointment).
O'Keeffe passed away in 1986, but her passion for art is forever preserved in her Museum namesake. Her work focuses on the wonder of the wilderness and how we, as humans, live and exist within it. She presents this perspective through large-scale abstractions of various objects of nature including rocks, trees, plants, bones, leaves, and flowers. She also presents the vast cityscapes and landscapes of Northern New Mexico in a unique and colorful perspective.
The mission of the Museum is to inspire current and future generations through engagement, education and research resulting in the preservation and presentation of Georgia O'Keeffe and the Modernism art form.
The Museum tells an incredible story of an inspirational American artist through her home, her work, and the things that inspired her throughout her career.There are currently more than 3,000 pieces in the museum's collection, which include 140 original O'Keeffe oil paintings, approximately 700 drawings/sketches, and hundreds of additional pieces representative of O'Keeffe's art dating from 1901 to 1984.
When the museum first opened in 1997, the collection contained a mere 116 works or art, 94 of which were by O'Keeffe. Over the last 10 years, the collection has clearly grown exponentially thanks to the help of the Burnett Foundation and many other generous donors.
When the O'Keeffe Foundation transferred its remaining works to the Museum in 2006, the collection was deemed complete. This donation included 981 works by O'Keeffe, of which 163 were paintings, drawings, and sculptures; 669 were sketches; and 149 were photographs. It also included 1,770 photographs by various professional photographers who drew inspiration from O'Keeffe.
The Museum's collection is divided into four major categories: O'Keeffe's artwork, Photography, Personal Property, and the Archives.
The collection of O'Keeffe's artwork contains 140 of her oil paintings, more than 100 watercolors, as well as multiple casts of 3 different sculpture designs. In addition to the focus on O'Keeffe, the Museum has acquired 20 paintings, drawings, and sculpture by other artists representative of O'Keeffe.
The photography collection consists of 1,770 photos of O'Keeffe taken by professional photographers, important events in her life, her animals and friends, New Mexico houses, and the subjects she painted.
There is also a large collection of O'Keeffe's personal property, including her painting and artist materials and a collection of stones, coral, and shells. Most of these are on display at the research center.The archive collection has continued to grow steadily and includes interesting letters and postcards from the 1940's sent by O'Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz and Maria Chabot.
The archives also contain an online collection of thousands of photos, correspondence, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even oral histories.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum offers a large variety of workshops, lectures, and classroom educational programs. These programs currently serve more than 7,000 citizens each year. The goal of these programs is to inspire creativity, imagination, and thoughtful dialogue within the community and beyond. Adults, children, youth groups, clubs, organizations, and students can all partake in the program available at the Museum.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum hosts an incredible number of events each year for every member of the family. These events include: concerts, family programs, lectures, workshops, research center conversations, and themed meals.
Every Wednesday, in partnership with the Ghost Ranch, there is a tour entitled "Wednesdays with O'Keeffe". The tour includes the Abiquiu Inn, the Abiquiu Home & Studio Tour, a historic bus tour of the surrounding area, and even a buffet-style lunch.
The first Friday of every month, the museum hosts a fun art and music activity for the community in the museum courtyard. There is also a historic tour called "Walks in the American West" that features tours of the surrounding New Mexico area, its architecture, its art, and its culture. Each tour has a different theme and are hosted quite frequently. The tours are extremely detailed, educational, and fun. They are a must for any Western culture lover.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum offers a wide variety of tour options including: Private Tours, Before Hours Tours, Research Center Tours, The Home and Studio Tour, Curator Tours, School Tours, and even Spanish Language Tours. There is also a TourApp that allows visitors to utilize their smartphones to navigate the Museum with up-to-date information about the artwork via text, audio, and even video content. The application can be downloaded ahead of time via the Google or Apple Store.
The Surrounding Santa Fe area is definitely a must-see, especially the very cityscapes and landscapes that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. Top-notch restaurants, cultural and historical sites, and don't forget the breath-taking landscapes and architecture that make Santa Fe special.
217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-946-1000
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Attraction Spotlight: Palace of the Governors
Centrally located on the Santa Fe Plaza, the Palace of the Governors is a historic adobe structure that stands as an iconic symbol of the history of New Mexico and is thought to the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country. Originally built in the early 17th century, the palace was designed to be the Spanish seat of government for New Mexico and the surrounding region, which is known today as the American Southwest.
The Palace of the Governors went on to survive the next 400 years and five seats of government and is now a state history museum and Registered National Historic Landmark. The traditional one-story adobe structure chronicles the history of Santa Fe, as well as New Mexico and the surrounding region, and serves to preserve and interpret the heritage of the people who have called New Mexico home over the last four centuries.
The construction of the Palace of the Governors was begun in 1610 by the newly appointed governor of the Spanish territory, Pedro de Peralta and the building became the seat of government of the Spanish colony of Nuevo Mexico. The Palace changed hands and ownership over the years and survived many revolts and conquests and finally became New Mexico's first territorial capitol when New Mexico was annexed as a U.S. territory. The Palace of the Governors was declared a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and became the site of the state history museum in 2009. The New Mexico History Museum was opened next door to the building in the same year.
Exhibits / Collections
The Palace of the Governors features an array of archives, collections, and exhibits that reflect various periods of history ranging from the Spanish colonial era (1540-1821), and the Mexican period (1821-1846), to the time of the U.S. Territorial annexure (1846-1912) and statehood (1912-present). The Museum’s collection houses over 15,000 cataloged objects, including paintings, papers and documents, historical artifacts and objects, furniture, clothing, and more.
Signature items in the collection include the Segesser Hide Paintings, which are the first known portrayals of Spanish colonial life in America and depict the ambush of a 1720 expedition led by the Lt. Governor of New Mexico in present-day Nebraska.
The State Seal was made to memorialize New Mexico's entrance into the Union in 1912 by the Shapleigh Hardware Company of Missouri and is made up of spoons, quills, tacks and other pieces of hardware.
The ‘Pancho’ Villa Clock was hung in Columbus’ railway station and was frozen at 4:11 am when the clock took a bullet through its face in the early moments of the Villa raid and left the clock inoperable.
Other signature pieces are a 19th-century office-in-a-desk that once belonged to a prominent Jewish merchant, Charles Ilfeld, and 16th-century Morion helmet with a vivid religious depiction.
The New Mexico History Museum, which is adjacent to the Palace, offers a wide range of educational programs and partnerships, and onsite and outreach activities that take an in-depth look at New Mexico history. Activity guides are designed for children of all ages to explore the museum and participate in the exhibits, encourage family discussions, and participate in games to find the hidden images located throughout the presentation. Other programs include lesson plans and curricula for educators and parents,
The Palace of the Governors and the New Mexico History Museum is located on the Santa Fe Plaza and is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, May through October, and closed on Mondays November through April. Free docent-led tours are available for visitors on request, and self-guided visits to the Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum are offered daily.
105 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-476-5100
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Attraction Spotlight: Museum of International Folk Art
The Museum of International Folk Art is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More then 130,000 folk art objects from over 100 cultures make the permanent collection the largest folk art collection in the world. The collection is organized geographically and represents over 30 countries across all seven continents. Additional focused collections include Spanish colonial art, contemporary Latino art, as well as textiles and clothing.
Highlights from the collection include Indonesian shadow puppets, African metalwork, wood sculptures from Brazil, Indian textiles, southwestern U.S. pottery, Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese New Year prints, and weavings from northern New Mexico. In addition to the works of art, the Bartlett Library & Archives at the museum houses documents, books, audiovisual files, periodicals and artist’s notes related to objects in the collection, their history and the context in which they were created.
The Bartlett Wing is the museum’s original gallery, which first opened in 1953, and houses rotating exhibits pulled from the museum’s permanent collection. The Girard Wing opened in 1982, named for donors Alexander and Susan Girard, who have significantly contributed to the museum’s permanent collection. Girard, a renowned designer for Herman Miller, designed the unique exhibit himself, which features objects displayed at varying heights in groupings based on visual experience rather than date or origin. The Hispanic Heritage Wing opened in 1989 to display the museum’s special collections related to traditional and contemporary Hispanic art.
Recent additions include the museum’s Neutrogena Wing, which opened in 1998 and houses textiles collections, most notably the Neutrogena collection assembled by donor Lloyd Cotsen. The Gallery of Conscience opened in 2010. The exhibit space is dedicated to examining issues that threaten the ongoing creation of traditional arts. Interactive exhibits are meant to increase awareness of world events and solicit feedback and discussion among visitors.
History: The museum and library were founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett with a core collection of 2,500 folk art objects. Ms. Bartlett not only provided the museum’s founding collection, but worked with the architect John Gaw Meem to design the museum’s building and library, and provided the museum with a foundation to financially support its ongoing efforst. Florence was a philanthropist from Chicago who began visiting New Mexico in the 1920’s. Her interest in collecting folk art was based in a desire to find connection and bridge differences between cultures and communities across the world. Florence passed just eight months after the opening of the museum in 1954, leaving a legacy of lifelong devotion to what she preferred to call “civic work.”
Since it’s founding, the museum has expanded to include a Hispanic Heritage Wing and Contemporary Hispanic Gallery. The Gallery of Conscience, Neutrogena Wing and Girard Wing were added most recently. Significant gifts of works of art include the Alexander and Susan Girard of over 106,000 objects, and the Lloyd Cotsen Neutrogena Collection of over 2,600 objects and textiles.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Docent-led walk-in tours are available daily. Groups are required to make reservations ahead of time. New Mexico residents attend free the first Sunday of each month. The museum hosts events monthly to showcase the permanent collection, involve the community and educate guests. Interactive, family friendly events include a cigar box guitar making workshop and art making for Day of the Dead. An annual Folk Art Flea Market takes place each spring. The annual Museum Hill Community Day takes place each September and involves additional area museums as well as the National Parks Service and the International Folk Art Alliance.
Past and Future Exhibits: Past exhibits have included Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico. The exhibit featured over 150 works of art related to the living art form. Works from the permanent collection were featured alongside loans from private collectors. Between Two Worlds featured folk art that reflects on the immigrant experience. Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales featured Indonesian shadow puppets and the epic 24-hour Wayang kulit puppet shows based in the Javanese culture. Pottery of the U.S. South exhibited the contemporary works of southwestern potters based in traditional and utilitarian wares. Additional exhibits have featured Japanese kites, geometric Amish quilts and traditional African beadwork.
What’s Nearby: The museum is located on Sante Fe’s Museum Hill, which is also home to the Santa Fel Botanical Garden, the Wheelwright Museum, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, Phone: 505-476-1200
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